Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons
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Latin History for Morons NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(418 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
8%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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Member Reviews (418)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
66
Slow, Middling, Mildly entertaining, Niche

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan and you speak Spanish. There is a good idea in there.

Don't see it if Disappointing. Low energy, low stakes show. No hook. Leguizamo is not the best at impersonations. Read more

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
60
Overrated, Amusing

See it if You are a fan of Leguizamo, enjoy standup comedy style shows or have an interest in History.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play. This is more like a standup comedy special - unfortunately I only chuckled a handful of times.

1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
88
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of The Daily Show or any of the news parodies. If you like shows about relevant contemporary subjects, funny but intelligent.

Don't see it if You’re a Fox News watching fan of the Orange Cheeto in the White House or are in favor of building his ridiculous wall.

975 Reviews | 341 Followers
70
Repetitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Funny

See it if you enjoy humorous monologues. LHFM is often funny, but the backbone history lesson should be more focused. JL is a lively entertainer.

Don't see it if you are offended by unnecessary crudeness. Don't go expecting to learn much; LHFM is mostly for laughs. It w be better in a smaller venue!

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if He starts by his son's s history class for Latino being absence for the books. Alot of funny parts. Some not so funny .

Don't see it if It feld the history class more than a show to me.

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
72
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You find the white-washing of history interesting, and loved teachers you had who were insightful and funny.

Don't see it if You were hoping for a show similar to “Freak”. This really is a history lesson, and though it’s humorous, it’s not nearly as funny.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
11
Slow, indulgent, cliched, cramped seats/no legroom

See it if You're a super fan of the actor &want to hear him for 1 hour 55 min no intermission. You'll miss MANY words if you don't speak Spanish.

Don't see it if Stories are dull, rambling, cartoonish and repetitive. Rear mezz seats have no legroom so you'll have to sit sideways. Several walkouts.

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
73
Sad history thru a comedic lens., Generally entertaining, but the humor is forced.

See it if Like John L's work, solo shows, looking at history w new perspective. Sometimes touching/funny. Some of it too frenetic and gratuitous.

Don't see it if Are OK hearing a fair amount of untranslated Spanish, get antsy when show runs on too long, don't find John's POV appealing. Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2017

“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.”
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2017

“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is hardly his goal. At the risk of ‘compliment-sulting’ him in the style of his Latin mom: The show’s shortcomings are part of its message and, in a way, its appeal.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2017

“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.”
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Entertainment Weekly
November 15th, 2017

“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully communicating feelings of invisibility, inherited trauma, and even grief...The way he fights to reclaim his identity in such a fraught era feels cathartic."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 16th, 2017

"The audience was charmed by his impersonations and cheered his resentments...This is meant to be more than merely entertaining; we are supposed to shed moronic ignorance. Do we? It turns out that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...It might be poor critical manners to so solemnly respond to a show that so many enjoy so much, but surely not even mock professors would want this show’s title to allude to them."
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The Observer
November 16th, 2017

"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron."
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Deadline
November 15th, 2017

“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.”
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New York Daily News
November 15th, 2017

“The show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, insightful and, on the down side, occasionally cringe-worthy...Amid the commentary Leguizamo slips in and out of Spanish, busts out dance moves and apes accents of friends, family, and famous figures. Leguizamo is a terrific mimic..Still, doing voices of a deaf relative and scientist Stephen Hawking...turned out to be buzzkill. But the same lines would work simply in his own voice — it’s an easy edit.”
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